Dwell Home Venice: Part 8

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By Michael Sylvester / Published by Dwell
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In this series, Sebastian Mariscal designs a home in Venice, California, that brings the outside in. We track the project from start to finish with future resident Michael Sylvester. Part 8, October 2011: A Site Inspection. Collaboration between the designer and builder is an ongoing process. Now that the footing concrete has cured, the designer Sebastian Mariscal and his Project Manager Jeff Svitak visited the site to meet with the General Contractor to inspect the work and make sure the construction matches the drawings.
Left to right: General Contractor Peter DeMaria, Site Superintendant Rudy Perez, Designer Sebastian Mariscal and Project Manager Jeff Svitak.

Left to right: General Contractor Peter DeMaria, Site Superintendant Rudy Perez, Designer Sebastian Mariscal and Project Manager Jeff Svitak.

Project Manager Jeff Svitak and Designer Sebastian Mariscal inspect the poured footings, steel posts and plumbing.

Project Manager Jeff Svitak and Designer Sebastian Mariscal inspect the poured footings, steel posts and plumbing.

The concrete footings have cured and now preparations will begin for the concrete slab pour.

The concrete footings have cured and now preparations will begin for the concrete slab pour.

This project team also holds a weekly conference call to discuss upcoming work on site and resolve any outstanding design details or make specification adjustments based on real world conditions. 

Construction is essentially the integration of physical materials according to a plan. Efficiently orchestrating the processes that deliver the finished project is the role of the General Contractor. This is no easy task, keeping the project on time, on budget and on spec.